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British Billionaire Called Out for Comparing Senegal Team to “Beach Sellers”

Alan Sugar tweets photoshopped picture of team Senegal with counterfeit goods.

Senegal was the first African team to win their match in the 2018 world cup on Tuesday, but behind every win there's always a racist tweet waiting to appear.

On wednesday, Alan Sugar, a British billionaire who appears on the BBC's the apprentice, tweeted a picture of the Senegal team next to pictures of sunglasses and handbags. Sugar compared the team to sellers on the "beach in Marbella" and called them "multitasking resourceful chaps."

The billionaire has since removed the tweet after backlash that highlighted the racism in the tweet. Sugar posted an apology saying, "It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry."



While he eventually apologized for his tweet, he insisted that he still found it "funny" rather than offensive. He posted, "I cant see what I have to apologise for … you are OTT … its a bloody joke."

He later posted, "Frankly I can't see that, I think it's funny. But I will pull it down if you insist."

The BBC put out a statement saying, "Lord Sugar has acknowledged this was a seriously misjudged tweet, and he's in no doubt about our view on this. It's right he's apologised unreservedly."

Piara Powar, executive director of anti-racism group Fare (Football Against Racism in Europe), told the BBC,"Alan Sugar has deliberately and with racist intent sought to demean a World Cup football team."

Sugar's tweets show how many white europeans refuse to see Africans outside of stereotypical images. Despite the white tears, we will continue to celebrate Senegal's victory.



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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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